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Landmark $500 million agreement launched at COP26 to protect DR Congo’s forest - Africa-Undp
Glasgow, 2 November 2021: President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom have signed a joint statement on behalf of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) endorsing an ambitious 10-year agreement (2021-31) to protect the Congo Basin rainforest - the world’s second largest forest.
The agreement will unlock on-the-ground multi-donor investments of US$500 million over the first five years .
"With its forests, water and mineral resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a genuine solution country to the climate crisis. To protect our forest and promote its sustainable management, our priority backed by this new partnership, is to strengthen governance and transparency across all land use sectors. This partnership will also support our ambition to respond the dual challenge of food security and climate change through sustainable agriculture, especially in savannahs," said President Tshisekedi.
All sectors of the DRC's economy have joined in this landmark agreement to undertake actions that could change land use practices that date back thousands of years. These concerted efforts are essential in a country the size of Western Europe with one of the lowest human development indices in the world and that loses nearly half a million hectares of forest each year.
Through this new multi-year partnership, the DRC aims to first cap forest cover loss at its 2014-2018 average and ensure that deforestation continues to decline. The partnership will also promote the regeneration of 8 million hectares of degraded land and forests, and place 30 percent of national areas under a protection status, including local communities undertaking efforts to manage forests sustainably.
Lord Goldsmith, UK Minister for Pacific and the Environment, declared: "UK is proud to be signing this ambitious ten-year Letter of Intent with the Central African Forest Initiative alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is a crucial step forward in our efforts to protect and restore the country's precious forests, as well as providing sustainable livelihoods and alleviating poverty."
Exacerbated by extreme poverty, forest loss in the DRC is mainly due to a growing population lacking livelihood opportunities outside the forest and relying mostly on firewood for cooking, all that in the absence of land use planning. Any solution proposed to stem forest loss in the DRC must therefore focus on rural development, poverty reduction and better food security.
CAFI's support of $500 million over the first five years, more than doubles the $190 million provided under the first Letter of Intent (2016-2020), whose objectives were delivered through a portfolio of some twenty programmes that supported large-scale reforms in agriculture, land-use planning and land tenure, and directed agricultural activities towards tens of thousands of hectares of savannahs, and improved the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
The announcement at COP26 concludes months of discussions between CAFI donors and DRC ministers, in which national civil society was fully involved. In a communiqué, Guy Kajemba, National coordinator of the umbrella civil society organisation “Groupe de Travail Climat REDD+ Rénové” said: "We welcome this renewed partnership. It will help us closely monitor the commitments taken, including the steps that will lead to a responsible and progressive lifting of the moratorium, the publication of contracts in all land use sectors and the commitment taken by President Tshisekedi to cancel all dubious contracts of forest concessions. We are particularly encouraged by the mobilisation of all sectors committed to protect our High Value Forests and peatlands.”
TWELVE CONCRETE OBJECTIVES OF THE RDC-CAFI LETTER OF INTENT (2021-2031)
- High-value forests, peatlands and community forest concessions are systematically incorporated into land-use plans, with the aim of maintaining the important role they play.
- The proportion of unsustainable fuelwood (e.g., charcoal) for cooking is halved in the main urban centres by 2030 (N.B. 97% of Kinshasa 13 million inhabitants use fuelwood daily for cooking and consume over 17 million tonnes of wood per year, mainly sourced in an unsustainable manner).
- No agro-industrial concessions will be allocated in high value forests and peatlands.
- Transparency in natural resources governance is enhanced through the legal review of existing agriculture, forestry, mine and oil concessions, the cancellation of illegal ones, and the publication of all contracts (linked to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative).
- Transparent allocation procedures are followed for agriculture and forestry concessions.
- Forest governance is improved through stronger control and an ambitious 5 million hectares target of community forestry, doubling the original national target, along with the legal and regulatory framework adopted to protect the rights of indigenous peoples. The signature of the Decree lifting the moratorium will only be adopted only after the realization, on the basis of a consultative process, of the geographical programming  of future allocations.
- In line with the global 30 x 30 commitment, the DRC commits 30% of the country to be under various forms of protection status by 2030 while respecting the right to free prior and informed consent and ensuring the voice of marginalised communities are heard. This includes areas that communities themselves dedicate to protection through a local-level process they lead at.
- Eight million hectares of degraded lands and forests will be restored, as per the pledge of the DRC under the Bonn Global Challenge on restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes.
- The new and innovative land tenure law policy shall be adopted and implemented by the end of 2022, with the deployment of a decentralised tenure information system that include community-level tenure registries.
- New social and environmental standards are implemented to reduce the impact of mining and oil investments on forests and biodiversity, with reinforced measures in high-value forests and peatlands. Any activity incompatible with conservation objectives in Protected Areas is banned.
- A national population policy that is rights-based, evidence-informed and gender-responsive shall be implemented by 2030 to promote a demographic transition that stimulates economic growth and reaches development goals.
- A model of forest-friendly special economic zone is piloted to support a low-deforestation green economy, and takes into account high-value forests, peatlands and land-use planning processes.
Note to editors
The DRC's forest represents 10% of the world's tropical forests. Its peatlands cover 100,000 km2 and are the largest in the world. Its ecosystem offers a carbon absorption service equivalent to ten years of global emissions. The many commitments reflected in the new Letter of Intent demonstrate DRC's high level of commitment to a low-deforestation green economy.
Supported by European countries , the Republic of Korea, the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Central Africa Forest Initiative (CAFI) is a United Nations Trust Fund and a policy dialogue platform that aims to support six Central African countries  pursue a low-emissions development pathway that ensures economic growth and poverty reduction while protecting forests and natural resources, on which people depend. CAFI thus combines investments and high-level policy dialogue to help its six partner countries implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, fight poverty and develop sustainably while being aligned with the post-2020 biodiversity framework.
Central Africa's rainforest is under pressure. While trends and causes vary widely across national contexts, forest loss represents more than six million hectares of primary rainforest since 2001 - equivalent to about six million rugby fields.
Home to more than 10,000 plant and animal species, many of them endemic, the Central African rainforest is an indispensable source of food, energy, shelter and spirituality in countries with some of the lowest human development indexes and the largest number of people in urgent need of food security assistance in the world.
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Meeting in person for the first time since the COVID pandemic began, the Global Environment Facility’s governing body approved the final tranche of its seventh funding cycle and endorsed record donor contributions for the coming four years as the partnership rallied around the need to invest in improved planetary health.
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Registration for field trips for the CBFP MoP19 has been prolonged until Sunday, 26 June 2022 at 6pm CEST. These exclusive field Trips will kick-off the diverse and ambitious technical and political discussions that will take place during the MoP19. They will offer great scenery and expert inputs on a variety of relevant themes. Field trips will take place before the beginning of the official meetings, between July 02 and 04, 2022.
Firstly, the European Commission (EC) published its breakthrough proposal for a EU Regulation on deforestation-free products, which Fern and allies have been working towards for years. We also came together with partner NGOs and civil society groups from around the world to successfully campaign to stop the EU from discarding Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements - its best weapon to fight against illegal logging.
To kick off the diverse and ambitious technical and policy discussions that will take place during the conference, we are pleased to offer several field trip opportunities exclusively for MOP19. These will include beautiful landscapes and tours led by experienced experts on a variety of topics. The field trips will take place prior to the start of the conference, between July 02-4, 2022.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) MOP19 will be held in Libreville, Gabon from 5-8 July 2022. If you have been accepted to attend the CBFP MOP19 and related meetings, please download the list of hotels selected for MOP19...
We are pleased to hereby inform you that exhibition registration for the CBFP MoP19 is open. The exhibition space offers your organization the opportunity to present your work, initiatives, projects and expertise to the participants of the MoP19. Exhibitors are able to rent a stand package at set prices with options for customization and additional equipment. To register as Exhibitor at the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), please fill out this form online before June 10, 2022.
At the COP26 climate summit, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Féelix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced a $500 million aid package to protect forests in the Central African country. Part of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, the announcement was one of the top headlines at the summit.
ATIBT had launched on February 15, 2022 the 2021 Timber Market Survey. This collection ended on May 9, 2022. The data is now being analyzed by the Probos Foundation and the results will be presented at the end of September 2022. We warmly thank all ATIBT members who have completed the Themis portal.
Bonn/Ventotene 26 May 2022 – Visualizing how migratory animals connect continents, countries, sites and habitats is the result of an international scientific effort under the aegis of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), in developing the first atlas of bird migration across three continents. CMS, an environmental UN treaty, will launch the Eurasian-African Bird Migration Atlas today at the Museum of Migration on the Italian island of Ventotene, as the first part of a broader initiative to develop a global atlas of animal migration.
Save the Children signs deal to lead on climate change adaptation in the Pacific where children bear the brunt of extreme weather
Save the Childrenwill deliver the Pacific region’s largest ever investment in community-based climate change adaptation in one of the world’s biggest climate hotspots, the child rights organisation announced today.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has closed its 32nd meeting, approving four new climate projects worth USD 301.5 million in GCF funding and USD 1.7 billion in co-financing. Including the approval of tranche two funding for an approved project, USD 325.2 million of GCF funding was approved for climate action.
As climate change and global heating approach critical points of no return, experts gathered in Seoul at the World Forestry Congress to assess an often overlooked but increasingly important resource for limiting carbon emissions— the forests of Central Africa.
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“At no other point in modern history has humanity faced such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks and hazards interacting in a hyper-connected and rapidly changing world,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, the executive secretary of the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in a statement on the launch of the second Global Land Outlook report (GLO2).
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Relaunch of the National Forest Stewardship Standard development process in the Democratic Republic of Congo – ATIBT
FSC's Principles and Criteria set out the global requirements for responsible forest management. Chamber-balanced standard development groups (SDG’s) adapt the International Generic Indicators at the regional or national level to reflect the diverse legal, social and geographical conditions of forests in different parts of the world. The resulting adjustment is incorporated into a National Forest Stewardship Standard.
19th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration has been extended to June 01, 2022!
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With just over a week to go before the ATIBT Forum, we are sharing an updated version of the conference and roundtable program.This program will be regularly updated on the ATIBT website page dedicated to the Forum.
PeaceNexus is launching a call for proposals on embedding conflict sensitivity in environmental organisations. Environmental organisations are at the forefront of addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. In doing so, they grapple with conflict dynamics, face risks to their staff and partners, but also provide opportunities for divided groups to work together around issues of common concern. The deadline for application is Tuesday 21st June 2022.
19th Meeting of the Parties, July 5-8, 2022, in Libreville, Gabon: Registration is closing on May 20, 2022!
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Mongolia flood defence project shows the way for urban adaptation. The project incorporates infrastructural upgrades with the formation of community action groups to improve the capital’s flood resilience . A project in Mongolia, which incorporates a wide range of initiatives and aims to build the resilience of high-risk communities, is directly confronting the burden of urban climate impacts.
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The proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products aims to ensure goods cannot be placed on the EU market if they have caused deforestation, forest degradation, or violated producer country laws. The Commission released a draft proposal of the Regulation on 17 November 2021, and now the European Parliament (EP) and the Council must agree on their positions. On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), released his draft response.
As world leaders, the private sector, and experts met for the final day of the 15th World Forestry Congress on Friday and the United Nations Forum on Forests begins today, fulfilling funding promises made during UNFCCC’s CoP26 to tackle the illegal timber trade and accelerating the implementation of sustainability strategies must be at the top of the agenda says TRAFFIC.
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The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has issued the second edition of its flagship report titled, ‘Global Land Outlook: Land Restoration for Recovery and Resilience’ (GLO2). The publication outlines various future land scenarios, and highlights the potential contributions of land restoration investments to climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and human health, among other SDGs.
Delegates at the 15th meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) called for immediate action to protect forests, forestry, and forest stakeholders as providers of nature-based solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, hunger, and poverty. They encouraged “actions for a green, healthy and resilient future with forests” as a contribution to the SDGs, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched its biennial flagship report on the state of the world’s forests (SOFO), which explores three intertwined forest pathways to achieve green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, among other “multidimensional planetary crises.”
A high-level panel marked Desertification and Drought Day 2020 with a discussion focused on the Day’s theme, ‘Food. Feed. Fibre,” and the question, “Is it time for a new social contract for nature?” Ministers and agency heads offered recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities for land management that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and options for building back better.
Convening under the theme “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests,” the Fifteenth meeting of the World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) sought to define the role of forests in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other major agreements, including the Global Forest Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
At the end of the XV World Forestry Congress held in Seoul from May 2 to 6, 8 ministers signed a text calling for the production and consumption of sustainable wood. Sustainable production and consumption of wood promotes forest conservation, enhances the value of forests and mitigates climate change. Building and living with wood responds to an increased demand for renewable materials and provides impetus for green recovery.